TAPPER Funeral Service has appointed a new senior manager and funeral director at its Christchurch branch.

Simon Spendlowe, previously based at the company’s funeral home in Poole, will now run the Christchurch operation as well as organising bespoke funerals and working with branches in New Milton, Highcliffe and Milford-on-Sea.

Mr Spendlowe has diplomas in funeral directing and funeral service management through the National Association of Funeral Directors as well as extensive experience in the industry.

Commenting on his new appointment, Simon said: “I have worked for Tapper Funeral Service for more than eight years and I am excited for this new career challenge ahead.

“This is a great funeral home to be working at, offering excellent facilities and experience from a highly dedicated team.

“I’m looking forward to getting involved with more local initiatives. I am a former resident of Bargates and a keen sea kayaker who spends many happy hours, with my family, paddling in Christchurch harbour.”

Mr Spendlowe is past president of the Bournemouth and District Association of Funeral Directors.